the action of leading a group of people or an organization.
Mississippi is in the headlines again. This time due to MS being the last state in the country that has the Confederate battle flag in its state flag.
There is a growing push to change the flag to something that is more representative of MS today, as opposed to thelate 1800s.
As usual, there are loud voices pro and con for any change.
However, there are meek voices in between.Our most prominent elected officials are not stating their view, but instead are saying let the people vote. This is not leadership.
We the people elected these persons as our representatives. Their job is to represent the will of the people and do what is best for MS.
While I am supportive of a change in the flag, I understand that others are not, however the task for elected officials is to do and promote what is best for all of Mississippi.
I have yet to have any answer to the question on “why keeping the current flag is best for MS?”
I’ve heard heritage vs. hate arguments. I’ve heard we already voted arguments. I’ve heard the slippery slope arguments of what’s next if it is changed, but what is deafening is any cogent, reasonable reason to maintain the current, indisputably divisive flag.
Leadership is the action of leading. It is time for our Leaders to have an opinion, back it up and do what they believe is best for all of Mississippi. Take a stand.
Matthew Thompson is a civil lawyer in Mississippi and expects elected officials to lead.
Mississippians voted in the midterms in record numbers, something we should all be proud of. However, spoiler alert, a Mississippian embarrassed the entire state.
Surprisingly, or perhaps ashamedly not, persons are defending him for wearing this. There really is no defense. Does he have Constitutional protections to wear this shirt? Yes. Are their consequences for our actions? Yes.
The “confederate” flag has become a symbol of hate and division. Perhaps it had proud beginnings, but that has been overpowered by hate groups. The above shirt, in addition to the flag, has a noose and “Mississippi Justice” emblazoned on it. Inexcusable.
Our state leaders would do well to take a stand not only against Hickey, but against this symbol.
There is absolutely no connection between Hickey and McDaniel…other than the “rebel” canton. However, you are mistaken if you believe explaining your policy differences will somehow distinguish your position on the State flag and the voters referendum in 2001, arguing it gives you the moral high-ground to continue to support an indisputable symbol of hate and intolerance.
There is a push afoot to adopt this Flag, the Stennis flag, as the State’s new symbol. It began grass-roots, but has taken hold and can be seen throughout the state. The flag was designed by Senator John C. Stennis’s granddaughter, Laurin Stennis, a Mississippi artist.
The significance of the flag is explained;
Nineteen stars form a circle around a larger center star, which represents Mississippi as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817.
The centering of the blue star on the field of white is an inverted “Bonnie Blue,” a reference to the state’s secession (1861 – 1865).
The circular shape symbolizes wholeness and continuity and is also drawn from artifacts of indigenous peoples to our region, particularly, the Choctaw Nation.
The red bars stand in opposition, recognizing the passionate differences we sometimes harbor, as well as in honor of those who have given their lives in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and is tired of the hate, rhetoric and, in the immortal (paraphrased) words of Fannie Lou Hamer, is sick and tired of being sick and tired for our State.
Heritage or hate? Those arguments will not get you to a consensus. Think dollars and sense. Changing the flag will be a boon for the economy. For flag makers, sticker vendors, hat makers and those artisans that make those tiny spoons you see at the Flying J. A new flag can still have roots in heritage, NOT be associated with hate, AND be the will of the people!
Interestingly the tragedy out of South Carolina is the reason this is on the forefront today and it’s NOT even South Carolina’s State Flag.
I’ve seen the South Carolina State Flag on everything. Hats, shirts, koozies, stickers, key chains, bow ties. The list is endless. It is time for Mississippi to have a State Flag that the entire State can be proud of.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in South Carolina.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and supports changing the flag in Mississippi and vows to not wear a bow tie with the current state flag on it.